Posts by James Littlewood*

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    Thanks to all for good information on this thread.

    Has anyone else noticed that as time rolls on, and the back-room players start retreating, leaving front man Key alone and blinking in the lime-light, that he's sort of making less and less sense? (I mean, even less than usual) Phrases like:

    "It's a bit soul destroying people don't believe me ..."

    "When I lose a poll like that ..." (on a question about whether you believe him or not)

    These words just don't sound engaged, informed or remotely germane to the issues he's fronting.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In The Green Room,

    It looks on the shallow end like a subsidy for established business’s

    What about the numerous passages devoted to encouraging start ups?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In The Green Room,

    Really? I see it as neither freaky or National friendly.

    More direct subsidy, more RD tax subsidy, more integrated business environment, more graduates in innovation disciplines. Wrapped up in context that innovation is the business of adding value.

    I'd like to know more about sharing equity with the government funder. Seems fair enough but also disadvantages the perfectly legit strategy to develop and sell by reducing the market for such a company to NZ only.

    Which is about as far from National as you could get, I'd have thought.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided, in reply to Russell Brown,

    As the actress said to the bishop.

    Roflnui.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided, in reply to BenWilson,

    In the case of the Green Party, it would seem less correlated to undecided levels recently

    True that. But then again, the Green Party is no longer small. To put it different, the bigger a party gets, the more it needs to retain, including by reactivating previous voters.

    Small parties can gain simply by causing people to question the way they vote. Draw a circle, see where they land. If one of them lands in your circle, next thing you know, 5%. Kinda thing.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided,

    I think there may be one thing we can say about undecideds. They are more likely to found among the supporters of smaller newer parties.

    Small parties all rely on swing voters, much more so than N or L, who's voters are more likely to know who they'll vote for further out from the election.

    While not the same thing statistically, you have to be undecided before you swing.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided,

    Apropos the first segment of gender and ethnicity in journalism, I wonder whether the Radio NZ restructure will bring any more brown voices to the airwaves? Currently, there's Eru Rerekura for 5 minutes twice a day, and another specialist show on Sunday afternoon, and that's about it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided,

    Watching it now. Great work Russell.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Buying Cool,

    15 years for Arch Hill. Smart work, that man Ben. Inspirational.

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  • Hard News: A Big Idea,

    I still think the problem is more with compulsory KS. What about the people who are already donkey deep in non KS plans, as well they should be?

    Can a government credibly force them to contribute a minimum amount to a non KS plan? Or, can a government credibly force them to make additional payments to a new, obligatory KS plan, even if that payment yields less than it would if put into their existing scheme?

    I suppose you could phase it in so that such people have a sunset clause on opting in, but then it would take many years before it was even near ready to work as an economic lever.

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